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Report Claims Mexico Is Second Deadliest Country And Mexico Isn’t Having It

A recent report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) claims that in 2016, Mexico was the second deadliest conflict-zone in the world, placing it behind war-torn Syria. The report was quickly picked up by President Trump, who retweeted the story to his 29 million followers. However, Mexican officials believe the IISS methodology was flawed, leading to misleading and “sensationalist” data, The Guardian reports.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mexico experienced 23,000 homicides in 2016, putting it behind Syria’s total of 50,000 fatalities.


According to IISS data, Mexico outranks both Iraq and Afghanistan in “ten most lethal conflict zones in 2016.”

IISS officials claim the “conflict deaths” are related to escalations in cartel violence, CNN reports.


The survey shows that homicides rose in 22 of Mexico’s 32 states, and that “small arms” play a heavy role in the violence. The report also attributed the number of homicides to more than cartel on cartel violence. Citizens, as well as journalists, politicians, and the authorities are often caught up in the conflict, which the IISS compared to civil war levels of violence.

The report’s statistics didn’t sit well with many people.


They were quick to point out that there are other countries with higher homicide rates.


Mexican authorities, also dispute the legitimacy of the IISS report’s claims that Mexico is a “conflict zone.”


As The Guardian reported, Mexico’s foreign and interior ministries released a statement, saying, “Mexico is far from being one of the most violent countries in the world.” The ministries pointed out that Mexico’s murder rate of 16.4 per 100,000 citizens was far lower than that of many Latin American countries, including Honduras, which has a murder rate of nearly 90.4 per 100,000 citizens. Also mentioned is that some U.S. cities top the list of most violent, including St. Louis and Detroit.

The Economist reported that several of Mexico’s cities have the highest death rates in the world, but these areas are typically affected by cartel violence, which is often influenced by bordering countries, including the U.S., whose dependence on the drug trade contributes to the cartel’s violence.

Despite the violence, much of Mexico remains unaffected. As The Guardian pointed out, tourism in the country is on the rise, up 9 percent in 2016, and in the last few years, many top drug cartel leaders have been killed or captured.

For more on this story, check out The Guardian.

 

[H/T] The Guardian: Is Mexico really the second-deadliest country in the world?

 

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